Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION Opponents of the alcohol sales on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation rallied yesterday one day in advance of today's referendum vote.
“Our walk was full of children yesterday. An elderly woman wanted to walk, but said she couldn't make it all the way. I told her just drive to the four way because the children will walk for you elderlys just vote No, for them. She said: 'Yes I will I will.' She thanked the children,”
said Carla Lisa Cheyenne, one of the protesters.
“That's the whole reason for us being there yesterday was for the future of our children,”
Polls will open reservation wide in each district from 9:00 am mdt until 7:00 pm mdt today, August 13.
Voters will be asked to vote either Yes or No. Precincts will be at each District Service Center (CAP Office), except Pine Ridge Village, where voting will take place at the Billy Mills Hall.
“We think the vote will be close,”
commented Toni Red Cloud, public relations director for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, on Monday afternoon.
With the exception of a short time during the 1970s, since the creation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1832, alcohol has been banned on the reservation.
Besides the Navajo Indian Reservation, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the largest dry reservations in the United States.
A resolution, similar to the one passed Tuesday, was passed in 2004, but was dropped after much opposition.
Proponents of the referendum maintain it would be better for the Tribe to have liquor stores so that the Tribe can capture tax on alcohol sales, instead of seeing the cash flow into nearby White Clay, Nebraska that is just over the border from the reservation. They maintain tax revenue would be used to create better substance abuse treatment programs.
Oglala Sioux Tribal citizens may find educational information on the proposed Oglala Sioux Tribe Alcoholic Beverage Code, which is for public viewing, along with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Election Code on the official website of the 2013 Oglala Sioux Tribe Referendum Vote at www.ostreferendum.org.
posted August 13, 2013 9:40 am edt